|May 13, 2008|
|May 13, 2008||A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events|
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Arcadia University to Award Three Honorary Degrees in May
Arcadia University will award three honorary degrees at its two Commencement ceremonies in May. About 400 graduating students will attend each of the two ceremonies, one for the awarding of baccalaureate degrees and the other for the awarding of master’s and doctoral degrees.
Arcadia University’s Graduate Commencement is Thursday, May 15, at 5 p.m. with honorary degrees to be conferred upon
Arcadia University’s Undergraduate Commencement is Friday, May 16, at 10:15 a.m. with an honorary degree to be conferred upon
Seniors Honored at 2008 ALANA Graduation Celebration
Graduating seniors of African, Latino, Asian and Native American (ALANA) descent and their families were recognized for their unique journey to graduation at the 2008 ALANA Graduation Celebration and Reception on Thursday, May 8 in The Chat. Those honored included Jamie Bowles, Lafeeq bowman, Gabriel Akok Deng, Kyle Fisher, Jason Ford, Lucretia E. Forte, Beverly K. Gaines, Ross Sterling Green, Renneth Grey, Natalie Renee Harris, Jamila Howard, Natalie Johnson, Pamela Leslie, Monifa McCoy, Mellitta Jerri McKethan, Yvonne Mims-Jones, Tina Pan, Shardae Pennick, Crystaliz Reyes, Alia White and Linda Zhou. View more photos.
Book Drive Collects a Ton of Reading Material—Literally
The book drive started by international student Daniel D. Dotse '10 to gather enough books to start a library in Ghana is making substantial progress. Many Arcadia students have gotten involved, helping to provide underprivileged children with plenty of reading material.
Shannon Farley collected books by reaching out to her friends and family. Stephanie Verenski set up a collection box at a restaurant in the Glenside Station, while Erik Wermel helped to collect the books from the book bins and transport them. Jason Winkler helped to package the full boxes. Matt Bauer and Dotse organized the drive, set up the collection boxes and promoted the drive around campus.
This semester, the drive collected and shipped 2,000 pounds of books, 40 boxes, to Better World Books, which then provides funds to buy books appropriate for children in Ghana. The children’s books are being donated to an organization called Books for Botswana, which is run by Kate Zanoni, an Arcadia alumna.
New Law Means More Stafford Loan Funds
On May 7 President Bush signed into law the "Ensuring Continued Access to Student Loans Act of 2008." With recent turmoil in the credit markets, this act was passed to assist college students who meet the qualifications to receive federal student loans in funding their educations. What does this mean for Arcadia students? Beginning July 1, 2008:
Visit www.arcadia.edu/financialaid for more information on these types of aid. Questions regarding the above provisions of the new law can be directed to the Office of Enrollment Management Office at 215-572-2980 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Traffic Advisory due to Arcadia Commencement
Traffic around Arcadia University will be congested as 910 students graduate at Commencements on Thursday, May 15, and Friday, May 16.
Parking, Shuttle Service for Commencement
Special parking and traffic patterns will be in effect for Arcadia’s two Commencement ceremonies, Graduate Commencement on May 15 and Undergraduate Commencement on May 16.
One-way traffic patterns will be enforced to accommodate the large number of cars on campus. All traffic will move counterclockwise until reaching the parking areas. When graduates and guests arrive on campus, they will be directed to a parking area immediately. Once parked, attendees will not be permitted to drive on campus or exit until the ceremony is under way. Guests with disabilities can be dropped off between Boyer Hall and Kuch Center. Enter campus from Church Road. If Arcadia’s parking lots are full, participants will be directed to park at Cheltenham High School. Shuttles to and from campus will be available. Read more.
Martha Washington Award Nominees Announced
The Martha Washington Award for Distinguished Service is awarded annually to an Arcadia University staff employee who exemplifies the ideals of consistent excellence, exceptional performance and service to the Arcadia University community. It is awarded in the name of Martha Washington, a dedicated employee who served Arcadia University from 1946 to 1976. It is accompanied by a cash prize supported by a gift to the University from Mrs. Washington’s family and the Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown where she was an active member. This year’s nominees are:
You’re an Alum, Now What?
You’ve finally reached the day you’ve been working toward—graduation. Commencement is just that—the beginning of the rest of your life, and while you may be excited at the prospect of starting your post-college plans, you may also be wondering how you’re going to stay in touch with your classmates and stay connected to your alma mater. Luckily, Arcadia University offers many ways to stay connected. There are plenty of alumni activities and events you can attend that will give you a chance to stay close with your classmates, and they also offer many career networking opportunities. Read more.
Faculty, Staff Emergency Info Sessions Planned for Fall
To help ensure that faculty and staff are informed about emergency procedures at the University, Arcadia’s University Emergency Response Team is distributing important information that discusses the University’s emergency protocols, procedures for fire and other types of emergencies, and how faculty and staff can communicate or report incidents. In the Fall 2008 semester, the team will offer a series of information sessions for members of the community on the necessary steps to address possible situations that may occur on campus. Any department or group that would like to have a separate meeting or discussion on any aspect of emergency planning is encouraged to contact a member of the Emergency Response Team. Faculty and staff are encouraged to read the attached flier to familiarize themselves with the University’s response and communication protocols. View Emergency Response Flyer.
Foundations Inc. Partners with Arcadia in Afterschool Education
Foundations’ Center for Afterschool Education and Arcadia University are partnering to launch a new 15-credit online Graduate Certificate in Afterschool Education. The Certificate equips out-of-school-time leaders with the skills to develop and manage programming for afterschool and summer learning that enhances the academic, social, and emotional needs of children and youth. The certificate program begins with a three-day Institute followed by three online courses and an applied learning project. The Institute will be held at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa., Aug. 15-17, 2008. To register or for more information, click here or call 1-888-977-KIDS (5437).
Campus Achievement Award
Full-time undergraduate students who are involved on campus are encouraged to apply for the Campus Achievement Awards. Students must demonstrate service and leadership on Arcadia’s campus or in the local community, have financial need and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. The deadline to apply is June 1 for consideration for the Fall 2008 semester. Award amounts will range from $200 to $3,000 a year. Click here for an application.
Join Arcadia University on Facebook!
Spread the word. The Office of University Relations has started a group on Facebook for Arcadia University students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. Stay in the know with Arcadia news, photos, videos, emergency communications and other online resources. Click here to sign up.
GATE Loans Deadline: Apply by June 10
“If you have been a past recipient of the GATE loan (Guaranteed Access to Education Loan), you should know that the application deadline to receive the loan for the 2008-09 academic year is June 10, 2008,” notes Holly Kirkpatrick, Director of Financial Aid. “Seeing it listed on your financial aid package doesn’t mean you’re done. You still need to apply by June 10”. Click here to initiate the application process. “If you haven’t received your financial aid package yet, check the financial aid portal to review any paperwork you might be missing. If the financial aid office has received your paperwork, you can review your awards online via the portal as well.”
The GATE loan is an institutional loan awarded to full-time undergraduates who qualify and have demonstrated financial need (on the FAFSA form). Students must be awarded the GATE loan in order to apply. Loan amounts range from $1,000 to $3,000 per year, and repayment is deferred until six months following graduation. A minimal credit check is required, and students have 20 years to repay the loan.
Shakespearean Renaissance Faire Celebrates Bard
The English Honor Society hosted a campus-wide Shakespearean Renaissance Faire from noon to 5 p.m. on April 23. Booths were set up along the Walk of Pride featuring games, crafts, books, food and drinks. English Professors Dr. Hugh Grady, Dr. Sandra Hordis and Dr. Jennifer Matisoff gave informative talks about Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Era. Readings of Shakespeare and stage combat scenes were held.
Six Arcadia Students Present on Public Health
At the Public Health Student Poster Presentation at the College of Physicians on May 6, six students from Arcadia University presented their posters. The students had to submit abstracts in order to be accepted at the presentation. The six students that presented were:
Klein won a top honor for her poster on Organ Donation, marking the first time that Arcadia has been recognized with a top honor at the poster session. Only four posters out of approximately 38 received special honors.
Share Your Study Abroad Experience!
University Relations is looking for study abroad experiences from current Arcadia students and alumni. Let us know—through writings, photos, videos or audio clips—what you learned and how it has impacted your life. Experiences will be posted as part of Arcadia's celebration of 60 years of studying abroad and may be used in other University publications. Visit www.arcadia.edu/studyabroadmemories for guidelines and submission forms.
Staff Council is proud to present two exciting trips for staff members and their families. Staff Council is offering tickets for the Philadelphia Soul Arena Football vs the Kansas City Brigade On Thursday, May 22. The game is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person. Staff Council is offering tickets to see the Philadelphia Phillies play the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, June 3. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person—it is also “Dollar Dog Night!” For tickets, e-mail Nick Luchko, Area Coordinator for Apartment Style Housing, at email@example.com or Michele Leftwich, Student Activities, at LeftwicM@arcadia.edu by Friday, April 25. “Once all the orders are in, we will let you know when you can pay and pick up your tickets,” adds Luchko.
Check the online Events Calendar at http://calendar.arcadia.edu.
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